100 Block, Unarmed Merchants and What’s What, Part Two

Gorgeous, hand-crafted mirror from Unarmed Merchants: $18 Yesterday’s post regarding the closing of Unarmed Merchants on the 100 block elicited several comments which then led to a post on Spiniffy by Andrea, who often comments on Stuck Inside of Knoxville. Her post, in turn, generated an agreeing comment from yet another blogger. Several things about this provocative elaboration prompt me […]

Breaking (and heartbreaking) Business News

After First Friday in August, one of the stalwarts of the 100 Block of Gay Street will close its doors downtown for good and, likely, make a move to the new Public Market at Turkey Creek in a much smaller version of itself. Unarmed Merchants, owned and operated by Aaron Shugart-Brown who has been an […]

First Friday, Second Glance: The 100 Block

Musical entertainment at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, May 2011 Entering the 100 Block on First Friday isn’t quite like leaving the Knoxville of Market Square, but it is close. The crowd seems to shift from a more suburban, family atmosphere to a bit more edgy Dada quality. To be sure, families are still all […]

Surviving the Snow in Downtown Knoxville without a Grocery Store

How is that possible? Everyone knows the drill in Knoxville: Snowflakes appear on the extended forecast and we panic, heading quickly to our local grocery store for milk, eggs and bread. Need it or not, it’s just what we do. So what happens to hapless urbanites without a grocery store? We take pictures. I realized […]

Business Update in the Old City and Beyond

While the city has been consumed by Christmas since before Halloween, businesses have been sprucing up, moving, closing and quietly preparing to open. New Nama Sign on Truck on Gay Street Nama sign being unloaded at new location New Nama sign in alley beside Regal Cinemas, outdoor seating below One of the notable changes coming to […]